The New Carnival Company will be lighting up Ryde on Thursday 17th December from 17:00 with a brand new outdoor event called Merry and Bright.
The Town Centre promises to be full of seasonal magic and entertainment for all the family, which, combined with a special late-night shopping experience, is bound to blow some of those COVID cobwebs away!
One of the main attractions will be a Giant Lanterns Trail – a self-guided walk around the town to discover some fantastic creations made by local schools and community groups. There will be a wildlife-themed display at Vernon Square and a special Dark Sky lanterns learning zone at St Thomas’ churchyard. Other lanterns will be placed at various sites along High Street, Cross Street, Upper George Street and down Union Street.
Street dancers, carol singers, storytellers and buskers will appear in pop-up locations, all adding to the uplifting festival atmosphere.
The event will be opened by the Mayor of Ryde, Councillor Michael Lilley, at a ceremony to take place at 17:00 beneath the Christmas tree at St Thomas Square.
Merry and Bright is free to attend and open to all, however, the rule of 6 and social distancing rules will apply.
Frankie Goldspink, Creative Director at the New Carnival Company said:
“We are delighted to be pulling together such a fabulous event with so many partners. This is just the tonic the town needs, everyone is excited to be bringing some festive cheer and celebratory arts to the streets again”.